40 Under 40 - Katherine McCarthy '09
How has having a Springfield College degree impacted you professionally?
My SC degree has had a huge impact on me professionally even though the two do not necessarily appear related. I majored in English but now work as a lawyer. The skills I learned, especially critical reading and thinking, helped me tremendously when I entered law school and eventually began practicing as an attorney. Those skills are necessary to almost everything I do in my career.
Who influenced you when you were a student at Springfield College and explain the role they played in your life?
I was positively impacted by the entire humanities department, and in particular, Becky Lartigue. Becky was my academic advisor. As an English major, I took many of her courses throughout my time at SC. She was always incredibly supportive, especially when I decided I wanted to go to law school after graduation. We have stayed in touch since I graduated in 2009.
When I was a freshman I had no idea who or what I wanted to be. I finally chose my major only when a deadline to do so was looming. Once I decided to major in English, I very quickly learned that I had made the right decision. The humanities department was a small group of incredibly interesting, smart and kind professors. I spent a lot of time in Weiser Hall, especially my junior and senior years, and it is where I really came into my own. I was motivated and excited about what I was learning and my future. I was even a founding member of SC's chapter of the National English Honor Society. We traveled to Minnesota my senior year where I presented a paper I had written for one of my English courses. I had so many new and exciting experiences that have stuck with me years later.
If you could share one piece of advice with today's current Springfield College student, what would it be?
Enjoy your time at SC! Have fun, learn a ton and just take it all in. The four years go by so fast. SC is such a wonderful community—there really is nothing else like it!
Who do you want to thank personally for the role they have played in your success?
My mom, Nancy McCarthy, and my husband, Frank Amato.